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February

The STEM Transformation Founding Faculty Fellows were formally introduced at the institute’s inaugural symposium. Dubbed STEMposium, this yearly event provides a forum to discuss STEM education reform, research and best practices.

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March

Researchers believe that the way that students talk, specifically the language that they use, can offer a window into their reasoning processes. Yet the connection between what students are saying and what they are actually thinking can be ambiguous. We present the results of an exploratory interview study with 10 participants, designed to investigate the role of language in university physics students' reasoning about heat in thermodynamic processes. The study revealed two key findings: (1) stu

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In the process of reforming physics education over the last several decades, a tension has developed between engaging students with the content in more conceptually challenging ways and helping them identify with physics so they are personally motivated in their learning. Through comparative case studies of four high school physics teachers, we used a teacher positioning lens to understand an emergent theme around differences in students' level of engagement, including behavioral, affective, and

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April

In a survey of 6,772 undergraduate students from all majors, Florida International University researcher Geoff Potvin quantified the underpinnings of the “physics identity,” and connected it to the likelihood that a student will pick physics as a career. He explored three main factors: performance, interest, and recognition.

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June

“Much of becoming a math person and pursuing a related STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) career has to do with being recognized and becoming interested – not just being able to do it,” said Hazari, who specializes in STEM Education at FIU’s College of Education and STEM Transformation Institute. “This is important for promoting math education for everyone since it is not just about confidence and performance.”

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July

At some point, many bright students seem to drift from math. A new study by Florida International University Professor Zahra Hazari suggests there are ways to keep them on track.

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Miami Herald features FIUTeach story on innovative FIU program that recruits students to become STEM teachers by combining science and education classes, and helping to give students entry into promising careers.

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September

Recognizing the national need for resilience against multiple natural hazards, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has initiated a new chapter in hazards research with a $40-million investment in Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI).

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The AAAS has travel grants for women STEM faculty at MSIs who currently do not have international collaborations to attend Gender Summit 7 in Berlin in November. The deadline to apply is, September 25th. The purpose is to help these faculty develop international collaborations.

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The White House has recognized FIU’s Mastery Math Lab and the STEM Transformation Institute as Bright Spots in Hispanic Education, placing them among the top programs in the nation helping to close the achievement gap.

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Research by STEM-TI and College of Education faculty, Zahra Hazari, and physics professor Geoff Potvin, on gender bias in student evaluations of science teachers was published in the Physical Review Journal.

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October

The White House has recognized FIU’s Mastery Math Lab and the STEM Transformation Institute as Bright Spots in Hispanic Education, placing them among the top programs in the nation helping to close the achievement gap.

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FIU, in collaboration with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), hosted the association’s 2015 Youth Leadership Development Forum in October. Nearly 500 high school students representing nine Miami-Dade County Public Schools were in attendance.

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November

Faculty Application for LA-Supported Courses: Spring 2016

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December

FIU News story from STEM-TI researchers was spotlighted in the Editors’ Picks for 2015.

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FIU and Geeki Girls Gatherings collaborated for a second year to present the GeekiWood conference Dec. 5. The conference is a unique event where producers, educators, technicians and scientists come together to blend the magic of film and television with real science to empower middle school girls, giving them a greater appreciation for science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

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College undergrads are doing something to change what they see around them, and their work involves a van and school visits.

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